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Microsoft® SharePoint® Designer 2010 Unleashed by Kathy Hughes

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Site Collections and Subsites

A site collection is a hierarchical collection of, or container for, subsites within Web applications. Smaller organizations might only have one site collection whereas larger organizations might choose to divide their SharePoint deployment into several site collections based on organization structure and management requirements. In terms of administration, a driving factor for creating additional site collections is around storage and how you choose to divide your SharePoint content databases. In SharePoint 2010, each site collection can either have its own dedicated content (SQL) database or share a content database with other site collections. The maximum recommended storage for a SharePoint 2010 content database ...

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